Crooked River (Special Agent Pendergast Series #19)

Crooked River (Special Agent Pendergast Series #19)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child


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Racing to uncover the mystery of several light green-shoe-clad severed feet found floating in the Atlantic, Agent Pendergast is faced with most inexplicable challenge of his career in this installment of the #1 NYT bestselling series.


Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach—each one with a crudely severed human foot inside.


Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene—and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle. An early pathology report only adds to the mystery. With an ocean of possibilities confronting the investigation, no one is sure what happened, why, or from where the feet originated. And they desperately need to know: are the victims still alive?


In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science. Through shocking twists and turns, all trails lead back to a powerful adversary with a sadistic agenda and who—in a cruel irony—ultimately sees in Pendergast the ideal subject for their malevolent research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538747254
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Series: Special Agent Pendergast Series , #19
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 15
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" ( Publishers Weekly). Preston & Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series, and their recent novels include Verses for the Dead, City of Endless Night, The Obsidian Chamber, and Blue Labyrinth. In addition to his novels and nonfiction works (such as The Lost City of the Monkey God), Preston writes about archaeology for the The New Yorker and National Geographics magazines. Lincoln Child is a Florida resident and former book editor who has published seven novels of his own, including such bestsellers as, Full Wolf Moon and Deep Storm.

Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining" newsletter from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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Crooked River (Signed Book) (Special Agent Pendergast Series #19) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Jacqueline Brisco 7 days ago
Always love Pendergast but Contance Green really stands out in this story. Was really wondering all through how they would explain the self amputated feet. Wow was surprised at the answer. Read it in a couple of nights the suspense was killing me.
Shannon Walker 8 days ago
Enjoyed the read! I like this unlikely trio. Coldmoon is just the right addition.
MonnieR 3 days ago
Plots that border the implausible and characters who do the impossible make this series especially appealing to me. The star of the show, FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast, and his young, mysterious ward, Constance Greene, are so intriguing that I simply can't get enough. In this one, it's clear from the outset that something grisly is afoot - literally; but while Pendergast performs his usual feats of mental brilliance, it is Constance who steals the action scenes this time around. Enjoying some rare downtime, Pendergast is annoyed to get a call ordering him to a crime scene on Florida's Sanibel Island. There, he learns that dozens of identical green sneakers are floating ashore with the tide - all containing human feet. But from whence did they come? Are the rest of the bodies still intact and alive, and if so, where? Other police and Coast Guard officers and FBI agents (the latter including Assistant Director Walter Pickett, with whom I developed an immediate affinity given that Pickett is my maiden name) are there to help. Theories run all over the map, for a time centering on a Cuban prison. But only when Pendergast commandeer's the research boat of a Dr. Gladstone and her capable tech-savvy assistant do they discover the true origin - and it's too close to home for comfort. Meanwhile, a local hot-shot reporter finds a clue and sets off on his own to get the scoop - putting his own life in peril - and Pendergast calls on another of his cohorts, Agent Coldmoon (a Native American who will be familiar to readers of previous books), to kick in his special brand of assistance. But the more the investigation gets a leg-up on the truth, the more the powers-that-be insist that Pendergast and his team to toe the official line. Needless to say, stay the course has never been part of Pendergast's crime-solving strategy, and it certainly rankles him this time around. But this case just might the one to do him in; and it will be up to Constance, with some help from Coldmoon - to keep this, the 19th book, from becoming the end of the series. But no, I never really believed that was a possibility, and a cliffhanger at the end assured me there will be a 20th. Bring it on!
LUVTHYJAZZ 3 days ago
Absolutely love the Pendergast series. Another great ride from Preston and Child. Love the new trio Coldmann is a great addition. Always wating for the next book. It never gets old. Thank you again for another fantastic read.
Linda Henderson 3 days ago
The Pendergast series is my favorite of these authors. This book does not fail.
janet schwarz 4 days ago
A very satisfying read.
Debbie Griffin 4 days ago
good shooting
Kimberlee Mulhern 4 days ago
great as always
Diane Paule 4 days ago
I always wait for the next book in the Pendergast series-- always a great read
Patricia Wentz 5 days ago
Gruesomely intriguing!!
Jim Evans 6 days ago
excellent story, gripping as always.
Mary Alvarez 6 days ago
Excellent read. just the type of mystery I've come to expect from these two authors. looking forward to their next book!
Stephanie Clanahan 8 days ago
Plotcwas incredible. I loved every minute of reading this book. For this kind of novel, Preston and Child just can't be beat. I look forward to the next adventure. Stephanie Clanahan
Tess47 9 days ago
loved every second!!
Katey Carroll 11 days ago
Anonymous 11 days ago
Can I forgive you Preston & Child for killing an innocent dog! Did you think making it owned by the guy who shot him would make it better? Permission ? I think not. Wish I could return your book
Sherita Mouzon 8 days ago
very Good and entertaining!!! The best series ever Should be made into a movie
Jana Loper-Buchanan 10 days ago